Amnesty condemns ‘excessive’ violence at Standing Rock, calls for Obama to act


Days after local authorities were condemned for spraying people with water cannons in freezing temperatures, Amnesty International has called for an end to America’s “over-militarized” response to the Standing Rock protest in North Dakota.

On Saturday, the organisation demanded President Obama halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

It also condemned the “excessive” force used on those seeking to end the nearly 1,200-mile oil pipeline’s advance under the Missouri River — the chief water source for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

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